Tuesday, 30 June 2015

P7 "Sciennes Remembers 1914-1918" Book Launch

Primary Seven marked the launch of their book "Sciennes Remembers 1914-1918" containing family histories, stories and poems about the men and women of the First World War on Wednesday 24th June at The Studio, Edinburgh Festival Theatre between 9.30am and 10.30am, with special cake and juice ready for them on their return to school.

P7 pupils have worked throughout the year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1, in various written forms, and were given an opportunity to choose the piece of personal or creative writing to include in the publication.

Grateful thanks to published author and Sciennes' parent Mary Turner Thomson for working with the pupils to give them the amazing opportunity to become published authors themselves through her company "Whitewater Publishing." This is the fifth book that Mary has published for Sciennes in five years, and provides an extraordinary opportunity for our pupils.

Thanks also to former Sciennes' parent Lorna Irvine for providing excellent poetry workshops at the National War Museum, Edinburgh Castle, as well as in school earlier this year. Thank you to Mary for arranging such a lovely venue to mark the occasion and to Cerin, Fiona and Neil at the Festival Theatre for their help. Very well done to P7 pupils Zoe and Cerys who created the artwork for the front and back book cover. Each P7 pupil will receive a copy of the book and additional copies can be purchased for £5.00.

The Studio at the Festival Theatre, 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Ready for launch
Phoebe read her WW1 Ghosts of War poem and Stella read her Naming of Objects poem, inspired by Lorna Irvine's excellent poetry workshops at the National War Museum (Edinbugh Castle) and in school.

Max presented an excellent speech, thanking Lorna Irvine.
Zoe read her family history from WW1 and was given a signed copy of the book as a thank you for providing the front cover illustration.
Cerys read her family history from WW1 and was given a signed copy of the book as a thank you for providing the back cover illustration.
The "Sciennes Remembers 1914-18" P7 book features pupils' poems, stories and family histories. Finn read his own fictional WW1 account.
Mr Howie gave us all pause for thought about the importance of remembering, capturing and learning from history and asked if anyone had learned something they didn't know about their own family history during the project.
Many pupils and staff had discovered things about their own family members' role in the First World War.
Mr Howie thanked Mary for giving P7 the exciting opportunity to become published authors.
Lawson cuts the ceremonial cake.
Lawson with Mary Turner Thomson

Mary Turner Thomson explains the significance of what it means to be a published author for our P7 pupils, today and in the future. An extraordinary opportunity - thank you, Mary!

Thank you to Mrs Sally Nowell for organising distribution.

Thank you to Kat and Cerin at The Studio, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, for hosting.

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